This is a quick guide to some of your recent questions about concerns due to the recent national lockdown.
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Going to school or college
As part of the government’s roadmap out of COVID-19 lockdown, in England, face to face education resumed in schools and colleges from 8th March 2021.
Childcare and children’s supervised activities also resumed where necessary to enable parents to work or engage in similar activities. The government are introducing twice-weekly rapid testing for secondary and college pupils – in addition to regular testing for all teachers – to reduce the chance of the virus spreading in schools.
Higher Education students at English universities on practical courses also returned from 8 March.
For full details of the coronavirus guidance and schools in England, please click here.
In Wales there has been a phased return to schools and colleges since 22nd February 2021. For full details of the coronavirus guidance and schools in Wales, please click here.
Here are some useful tools and tips to help you support your children with their education.
I have been finding my child’s behaviour difficult to deal with. Where can I get help?
Many kinship carers have found that children’s behaviour has been more difficult to manage during the lockdown. This is likely to continue as the children return to school and adapt to their new routine. If you are having difficulties, please talk to someone. You can contact the child’s school for advice, as they may be able to offer some time ‘in school’ for more vulnerable children. We have some useful links and guidelines surrounding therapeutic parenting, coping with trauma, anxiety and much more click here.
Looking after Yourselves and Getting Support
The government guidance regarding contact with birth parents has not changed since the beginning of lockdown and has continued during the different phases of the “roadmap”. People can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart. This means that contact arrangements can continue if the carer thinks it is safe to do so and following government guidelines regarding contact with others.
You can find more details about contact with others at:
Please click here for more detailed information about contact with birth parents.
Although restrictions have been eased across England and Wales, you may still be being cautious about your interaction with others and want to think of ideas of how to keep active.
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Fun Activities for all ages
Book Trust HomeTime: Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy storytime with free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters. For our Welsh carers’, click here.
Woodland Trust: Get involved with Nature! Even though there are restrictions on leaving home, we can all go out for an hour’s exercise, local to where we live. Check out the ideas for exploring nature from the Woodland Trust. You don’t even have to go outside for some of these as there are lots of nature-related indoor activities too.
40 Fun Things to Do: More resources from Wales – but we can all share them!